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Saturday, April 27, 2013

New From Ross Crean: The Reluctant Socialite

Ross Crean's excellent new 6-track album The Reluctant Socialite comes out May 10th. Previews from these six new songs are now available for preview on Ross's website (click the Music tab at the top of his website). When it is released in ~2 weeks it will be available on Bandcamp, where you can name your own price for this excellent album. As far as music deals go, this is probably one of the best coming up. 

It always surprises me that not everyone knows of Ross and his excellent existing albums, because his music is always consistently a notch or two above what one would expect of local/regional artists. One of these days the right people will catch his music and he'll be suddenly hugely famous (maybe with this album?). If you're looking for sweet sappy love songs, this new album is not quite the right choice, though there is actually a nice love song among Ross's 6 new tracks ("Yours Only"). I suspect that the whole album sounds even more impressive on a sound system with multiple speakers, and of course these songs would be particularly cool to hear live. But, since Ross is not touring through Fort Collins yet, I suppose his studio recordings will do for now. 

I always am jealous of Ross Crean's voice- I would still want to sound like him if I were a man (though as I am not, I'd go for a voice like Katherine Jenkins' just as happily). His new tunes show off his range quite nicely, and also bring in lots of great percussion and a nice variety of instrumentation for a very modern sound that is as much 'pop' as Depeche Mode's sound. Actually some of his music, including a few of the songs on The Reluctant Socialite, could be covered quite comfortably by Depeche Mode or a decent Depeche Mode cover band (I can especially hear the resemblance in "Daniel" and "Tilda", though "Yours Only" could also fit into a set for a Depeche Mode cover band). My favorite, right now, is probably "Yours Only", but just as with the new Celtic Thunder album, I'm sure my favorites will shift as I become more accustomed to the entirety of Ross's new album. 

If you are already a fan, be sure to check out his new songs on his website and mark the release date, May 10th, on your calendar. Also, if you are a fan AND use spotify, be sure to 'follow' Ross on spotify (a new feature on that platform). If you are not a fan yet, check out Ross's new music on his website. His albums are available in several places online, including CD Baby and spotify, and he has a lot of his music available to preview on his website besides these brand new tracks. 

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